Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

How much garbage do you make per day?

I recently read Edward Humes’ new book, Garbology. One of the key facts out of the book is that the widely quoted EPA estimate, that the average American throws out 4.3 lbs of trash per day, is wrong. We actually generate more than 7 lbs each. That 7 lbs can sneak up on you. I make most of the meals I eat, rarely indulging in take-out with its bags, plastic cont… read more »

Notes to a new freelance writer

I spent half of last week at the American Society of Journalists and Authors conference in New York. While conferences are supposed to be about professional education, I usually don’t go with that in mind. I go to meet people and say hello to people I know only virtually. And I did a lot of that! But this year, I did use the occasion to think about my career and to r… read more »

ATM Book Club Week 9 (Chapter 8)

I’m running an informal book club devoted to All the Money in the World here on the blog. You can start at any time; there are links to past weeks’ discussions at the bottom of this post. Chapter 8 is called “The Selfish Joy of Giving.” Broadly, it looks at the intersection of philanthropy and happiness, and specifically gets at the to… read more »

Disney World, math, and line logistics

(Cross-posted at Gifted Exchange) I’m recently back from a week-long vacation at Disney World with my three small children. It was a lot of fun (if not exactly relaxing). My inner geek was on display, though, as I kept pondering the logistics of line management. Disney has huge crowds for the popular rides. In a keen bit of psychological insight, Disne… read more »

Is parenthood a job?

Every year in time for Mother’s Day, Salary.com produces a figure showing how much you’d have to pay for the job of “mom.” The answer is always in the six-figures for stay-at-home moms. It is based on mothers’ estimates of how much time they spend doing various tasks, which — like all time-use estimates — tend to be higher than what time… read more »